Guided tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

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55 reviews

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

From US$ 94.65 per person

Skip the long lines at Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica to see its opulent Pala d’Oro altar. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks alongside an expert guide.

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Duration options: 2 hours
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  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace an see its art masterpieces
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica and see its famous bronze horses
  • Admire a beautiful view of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
  • View the Pala d’Oro altar decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones
Full description
Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, view the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • Piazza San Marco, Venice guided tour
  • Saint Mark's Basilica entry ticket
  • Pala d'Oro entry ticket
  • The Mercerie, Venice entry ticket
  • Santa Maria Formosa entry ticket
  • Bridge of Sighs entry ticket
  • Piombi Prisons entry ticket
  • Chamber of the Great Council entry ticket
  • Pozzi Prisons entry ticket
  • The Doge’s Apartments entry ticket
  • Doge's Palace entry ticket
  • Access to Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum

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    Meeting point

    Meet under the Clock Tower in Piazza San Marco. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Baby strollers
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Backpacks

    Know before you go

    • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
    • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
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    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 55 reviews

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    One of the best guides we have ever had. Was very knowledgeable but also kept a good pace. Very easy to find and made sure we were taken care of. Highly recommend.

    December 1, 2021

    Great tour but I did think it was longer than needed to be. Great way to skip the line which was very very long.

    July 7, 2021

    The visit to the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica with a private guide it was awesome

    September 7, 2021

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    Product ID: 129783

    VA ID: 397199